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Beyond First Year

Upon completion of a Level I Program, students then choose a Program and Plan of Study in which to complete their degree. This typically occurs towards the end of first year, in March and April.

Your Program is the type of degree you wish to obtain (e.g. Humanities Honours Arts, Humanities Honours Music, Humanities Honours Fine Arts).

Your Plan is the subject you intend to study (e.g. History, Music Cognition, Studio Art).

 Step-by-Step Program Selection Guide

1. Familiarize Yourself with the Programs/Plans in Humanities

Your first year courses will have given you an experience of what it might be like to study a particular subject. However, you can go a step further and explore the various departments’ websites to learn more about upper year courses, research interests, and experiential opportunities. Each program has specific admission requirements. It is important to familiarize yourself with these to ensure you have taken the appropriate first year courses. Click on ‘Programs‘ and/or ‘Departments‘ in the main banner to learn more.

2.  Attend the Humanities Majors Fair

Every March, the faculty hosts a Majors Fair to provide information on our programs. Faculty members, staff, and current students are on hand to provide details on program structure, extracurricular opportunities, and career/postgraduate options. This fair will help enable you to choose a program that best meets your academic and personal goals.

Majors Fair 2017: Wednesday 8 March 11:30am-2:30pm in the MUSC Marketplace

3.  Attend a Level II Information Session

After the Majors Fair, the Academic Advisors hold a series of information sessions on the program selection process. This will cover eligibility, minors, entering selections in Mosaic, and more. There is also time at the end for Q & A. You must register to attend.

Level II Information Sessions 2017:

Monday March 27: TSH-203 from 10:30-11:30am
Wednesday March 29: TSH-201 from 10:30-11:30am
Thursday March 30: TSH-203 from 2:30-3:30pm

To register, please send the following information:

-student number
-preferred session

To humanities@mcmaster.ca

4.  Select Program/Plan Choices on Mosaic

From April 10th-28th, students input their Program/Plan Choices on Mosaic. The Program/Plan application screen is available by clicking ‘My Academics’ in your Student Centre.

The ranking is VERY important. If you are admitted to your first choice, the system will not evaluate any of your subsequent choices. If you are not admitted to your first choice, you will then be evaluated for your second choice, and so on in descending order.

Multimedia and Justice, Political Philosophy, and Law (JPPL) are both limited enrolment programs. If you wish to be seriously considered, these should be ranked as your first choice. Please remember that JPPL also requires a supplementary application.

5.  View your Program/Plan in Mosaic

At the beginning of June, you can click on the ‘Academics’ tab in your Student Centre to view your program/plan. Course enrolment will follow later in June.